Wildly entertaining, this strangers to frenemies to lovers romance held my attention with ease. It kept me on my toes, and the chemistry just built and built with every scene, until it pulled me in like a magnet. I generally consider “boring” books to be the worst ones, because I’m reading to be entertained. And this was anything but that. I loved the (anti)hero at the heart of this, a man who claims to be the villain of his own story. He’s a liar, a chainsmoker, an unfeeling jerk. We met Remington back in The Potter, and I could not wait to get inside his head. He’s the kind of sweet a-hole who steals your heart without even trying, and I loved that he met his match in Eden. The playfulness, banter, and chemistry between them was so engaging, as was the unpredictable, unexpected plot. It was unhinged and over-the-top in the best of ways, and I found myself devouring the pages. I loved it!
The story follows Remington, a man who is out for revenge. He had a complicated (not so great) childhood, and he blames that on one man in particular. Hoping to pay the man back for his sins, Remington has plans for his daughter. Rem is sure that Eden is the kind of entitled, privileged girl who has it coming, so he feels no remorse. But Eden isn’t at all what Rem expected, and spending time with her has him reevaluating his plans. Eden doesn’t back down from a challenge, she pushes all of his buttons, she seems to genuinely enjoy his dark moods, and she laughs at his threats. The girl might just be as messed up as him. As the two grow closer, Rem quickly realizes that he made a critical error in underestimating Eden.
Full disclosure, this series has been super uneven for me. I loved The Potter, but the messy backstories in the second and third book did not resonate with me. So I’m familiar with the characters, but not all caught up on the details. Still, I remembered loving Remington in The Potter, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his story. He’s the kind of guy who exudes this bad boy persona, but it’s clear that his bark is worse than his bite. His actions show a softer side to him, even though his words never do. And that was true in this story as well – I loved that Eden fell for that side of him, and she didn’t ask him to change. Marie managed to walk the line between jerk and swoon perfectly, and that’s a major part of what makes the story work. Eden and Rem’s connection is SO clear, and their chemistry evolves into something absolutely electric. It was definitely never boring, and I binged it faster than anything else I’ve read in a long time. And that’s saying something.
Can you read this as a standalone? Sure, it just might take a little longer to get into it. The Potter introduced three brothers who are all plastic surgeons, and each book in the series follows a different brother. We met Rem in The Potter, and he was a teenage protector to the heroine. I loved him immediately. As the series continued, his role changed and evolved, but he’s been a constant presence. (SERIES SPOILER) Rem also discovered that he’s the biological son of one of the brothers, and now he’s out to get revenge on the man who lead his birth parents to believe he’d been dead for years. That man is Eden’s father. So the series has a soap opera quality, and Rem has complicated histories with the whole family. I personally disliked the brothers from books two and three right away, so I was not surprised that I did not enjoy their stories (one falls for his deceased baby mama’s sister, the other has a messy second chance romance). But that’s personal preference, and certainly not required reading for this. Up to you!
The Prodigal is a spicy, frenemies-to-lovers, forbidden romance full of delicious angst and heart-wrenching revelations by bestselling author Kristy Marie.
Remington Potter was a sarcastic jerk with a body of an avenging angel. He screamed good times and bad decisions.
But that’s not what made us friends.
His saving me that one night did—even if he denied it.
Remington Potter was my antihero.
I owed him at least a friendship and a plastic chair.
But I made one mistake.
I didn’t knock.
I didn’t look away.
All I saw was him on the floor.
But that wasn’t the worst part.
I discovered Remington Potter wasn’t the mysterious savior I thought he was.
He was vengeful.
And I was the final piece in his game.
The Prodigal is a full-length standalone that features crossover characters from the Hands of the Potters Series.
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See my description by the review for series details. The Potter was great!
From bestselling author Kristy Marie comes a brand new witty standalone about a grumpy doctor and his hopeful patient who find love in the unlikeliest of places… the exam room.
A brilliant surgeon.
A master sculptor.
The media touted Dr. Potter as a savior dressed in a crisp suit.
I think he’s a vicious madman of jerk-sized proportions.
But fate is a wicked tease.
Only Dr. Potter can give me what I need.
A fresh start.
A new identity.
But he refused, leaving me to take matters into my own hands by accepting a job as his partner’s new secretary.
Dr. Potter can’t turn down my case forever.
Or at least I thought so until I found him on the floor.
With a venomous warning… I failed to heed.
The Potter is a standalone grumpy-sunshine rom-dramedy.
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Kristy Marie is an international bestselling author who loves writing witty heroines and temperamental heroes. She is also a six-pack of abs biggest fan. When Kristy isn’t writing, she’s being a total dude and screaming at the TV while watching baseball. Go Braves!
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